I received an e-mail yesterday informing me of the launch of ExampleMotion, a Web site where lawyers can share — or even sell — pleadings, motions and other legal documents. Here is what the e-mail says:
ExampleMotion.com enables attorneys to share their pleadings and motions with one another online. Attorneys can log onto the site and upload their previously filed motions and pleadings, as well as download relevant samples that others have uploaded. ExampleMotion.com also allows users to store and organize their motions for free without sharing them. If a user shares uploaded documents, the price paid for any document downloaded is split between ExampleMotion.com and the attorney who originally uploaded the file, giving new value to files stored on practitioners’ hard drives.
The lawyer who uploads a document gets to set its download price, which is expected to range from free to $50. Initially, the site is focusing its efforts on California legal documents. It plans to expand into other states and welcomes attorneys from any state to upload documents now.
No account is required to search and preview documents. Documents can be searched by jurisdiction, type of law, stage of proceedings, and document type. If you choose to buy a document, you will then need to register. If you do not find the document you want, you can post a document request. It gets added to a browseable list of requests. If another user posts the document, you are notified by e-mail.
ExampleMotion was founded by two California attorneys, Valerio Romano and Daniel O’Shea.